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Preparing to Install Expression Design

System Requirements

Before you can install Expression Design, you must make sure that your computer meets the following system requirements:

Operating System:

  • Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Windows Vista

Minimum System:

  • Intel Pentium or AMD processor, 1 GHz with MMX or equivalent
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 150 MB available hard disk space
  • 1024 x 768 monitor resolution with 24-bit color
  • Graphics processor that is DirectX 9–capable

Recommended System:

  • Intel Pentium or AMD processor, 2 GHz with MMX or equivalent
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 600 MB available hard disk space
  • Microsoft DirectX 9.0–capable video card with 256 MB or more of memory—for example, ATI Radeon X300 or NVIDIA GeForce 5600 class equivalent or better.

If you are not sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements, you can find out by referring to the Windows XP or Vista System Information accessory. To do so, click the Start menu button in the taskbar, go to All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Information.

Install Microsoft .NET Framework First

If you are using Windows XP rather than Vista, you must install .NET Framework 3.0 before installing Expression Design. You can download the software for free at www.microsoft.com/downloads, or click the .Net Framework 3.0 link available in the Expression Studio CD set-up guide.

To install the software, double-click the installer icon and follow the instructions in the Setup Wizard.

Install Expression Design Service Pack 1

After you’ve installed Expression Design, you must update it by downloading and installing Expression Design Service Pack 1.

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